Text messages among Apple users are sent via a messaging service called iMessage and appear in blue. They are sent via the internet (Wifi or cellular data) as opposed to regular text messages, which are sent via cell connection and appear in green.
Going to settings, then choosing “Messages” and clicking on the green slider displayed on the picture above will turn off iMessages on your device.
Therefore if you turn off your iMessage, you will not be able to send or receive messages sent to you via the messaging service. You will still however be able to send and receive regular text messages.
Note however that because these messages are sent via cell connection, your service provider might charge you for them accordingly.
Whether you receive the messages might however depend on multiple factors, which is why I have detailed various situations and scenarios in the questions below.
- Will I still receive messages if I turn off iMessage?
- Will turning off iMessage delete my messages?
- How to turn off iMessage for a contact?
- How do you know if someone has turned their iMessage off?
- What happens if I turn off iMessage on iCloud?
- Can you block someone’s iMessage?
- How do I stop receiving messages on my iPhone?
- Why am I not receiving text messages from iPhone users?
- Does deleting a message on iMessage delete it from all devices?
- Does deleting an iMessage delete it for everyone?
Will I still receive messages if I turn off iMessage?
You will no longer receive iMessages on the device where you turned them off. If this is your only Apple device registered with the same iCloud address, then you will not receive them at all.
If however, iMessage is still turned on your other devices – iPad, Macbook and so on, they will keep being delivered to those devices.
Therefore, if you have both an iPhone and an iPad for example, but only switch off iMessage on your iPhone, then you will be receiving iMessages on the iPad and not on the iPhone.
As long as there is a device registered with an Apple ID, messages from another Apple user will be delivered to that device as iMessages.
How to turn off iMessage and still receive text?
If you turn iMessages off on all of your devices, iMessages will no longer be able to be delivered and will hence be sent as regular text messages (appearing in green) to your iPhone.
If this does not work, however, and you do wish to receive all messages as text messages, then you might have to break the association between your Apple ID and your phone number.
This sounds complicated but is actually easy to accomplish. All you have to do is go to Settings, then choose Messages and click on the “Send & Receive”, as can be seen in the picture displayed at the top of the page.
There you will be able to see all the email addresses that you are currently receiving iMessages from, as well as your phone number.
At the very bottom of the page, there will be your Apple ID written in the form “Apple ID: email@example.com”. By clicking on this and choosing “Sign out”, you will break the association between your Apple ID and your phone number.
Will turning off iMessage delete my messages?
Turning off iMessage will NOT delete your messages. You’re simply turning off your messaging service. All your existing iMessages will remain stored on the devices where they were received – your iPhone, iPad, and/or Macbook.
Also, if you are storing your iMessages on your iCloud, they will be stored then, and get retrieved on any new device once you sign in to your iCloud account.
To check if you’re signed in, open your device Settings and click on your Apple ID at the very top. Then go to iCloud and make sure it is turned on for iMessages.
If I turn iMessage off, will I receive those messages when I turn it back on?
If iMessage is turned off on ALL your devices, all messages sent to you will be sent as regular green text messages. You will therefore not receive any new messages if you turn iMessage on later.
If iMessage is turned off on only SOME but not all of your devices, then you will receive the messages when you turn them on again. However, this will only be the case if you have iCloud turned on for Messages.
How to turn off iMessage for a contact?
It is not currently possible to turn iMessage off for one contact exclusively if both parties have iMessage enabled. As long as an iMessage is “deliverable”, it will be delivered as an iMessage.
To send a text message instead, you would have to momentarily turn off iMessage as described above and as displayed in the picture at the top of the page.
After you send the text message to the contact, you can go back to turn iMessage on again.
How do I disable iMessage for a contact who no longer has an iPhone?
You don’t have to disable iMessage for a contact who no longer uses an iPhone. The reason is that your iPhone can figure out that the number is no longer an iMessage user.
If you still have trouble, try deleting the contact and adding it again as a new contact.
How do you know if someone has turned their iMessage off?
You will know if someone has turned off their iMessage simply by sending a message to that person. If it gets delivered and appears in blue, then you know that their iMessage is on. Otherwise, your message will be sent as a text message and appear in green.
What happens if I turn off iMessage on iCloud?
If you turn off iMessage on iCloud, your device will revert to storing the messages on the physical device.
If you lose your device or get a new device, you will not be able to retrieve your old messages.
Also, your messages will no longer sync across your Apple devices. For example, if you have iCloud on and delete a message on your iPad, the message also gets deleted on your iPhone. This will no longer happen if iCloud is turned off.
Can you block someone’s iMessage?
You can block a contact’s iMessages. However, this will also block any other messages from this contact including regular text messages or calls.
To do this, launch the Messages app, tap on the conversation with the person you are wishing to block, tap on their name or number in the top centre of the screen, then go to “Info”, scroll down, tap “Block this Caller” and confirm by tapping “Block Contact”.
If you want a less extreme measure, you can simply mute the conversation. This way, you will keep receiving messages as well as calls from the contact, but you will no longer receive notifications for the messages.
In order to do this, launch the Messages app, slide the conversation you want to mute to the left and tap on the bell button.
How do I stop receiving messages on my iPhone?
If you wish to completely stop receiving messages on your iPhone, go to your Settings, then tap on Messages and turn off iMessage as well as “Send as SMS”.
Why am I not receiving text messages from iPhone users?
If you’re not receiving texts from iPhone users, it’s probably because Apple devices automatically default to sending iMessages between Apple users .
Does deleting a message on iMessage delete it from all devices?
Whether deleting an iMessage on one device also deletes it on the other Apple devices depends on whether you are storing your messages in iCloud. If you are, then the message will be deleted across all devices.
If not, however, it will only be deleted on the device where you deleted it.
Does deleting an iMessage delete it for everyone?
Can you delete an iMessage so the other person cannot see it?
You can’t delete an iMessage you’ve already sent to a contact. Each device has its own copy of the message, so the message received by the user can only be deleted by them.